Grow­ing Chi­nese pres­ence in Dok­lam raises con­cerns

Rahul, other party lead­ers ques­tion re­ports in Par­lia­men­tary panel meet

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

tween In­dian and Chi­nese troops in Dok­lam had be­gun mid- June over the Chi­nese Army con­struct­ing a road close to the tri-junc­tion.

At the height of the con­tro­versy, the gov­ern­ment had held two spe­cial brief­ings on the is­sue for Op­po­si­tion mem­bers the same month dur­ing which both sides have bat­ted for re­solv­ing the is­sue diplo­mat­i­cally.

The panel, which had ear­lier also dis­cussed the is­sue on Oc­to­ber 18, has now de­cided to call ex­perts for a brief­ing on the is­sue of Sino- In­dia re­la­tions in the next meet­ing.

Mon­day’s meet­ing was at­tended by only odd a dozen of the to­tal 30 mem­bers in the panel, prompt­ing a BJP MP to ask Tha­roor ques­tions about quo­rum for hold­ing such a meet­ing.

In the panel’s last meet­ing as well, Gandhi had asked a num­ber of ques­tions to the gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing the Dok­lam is­sue.

BJP had in past at­tacked Gandhi when he had met the Chi­nese Am­bas­sador in Delhi in July dur­ing the peak of the Indo China row over Dok­lam. Gandhi had de­fended the move say­ing It was his job to be in­formed on crit­i­cal is­sues.

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